Before Jordan Mathews was sending Gonzaga to the Elite Eight, he was hooping on Tinky-Winky’s tummy television.
Years before his clutch three lifted the Bulldogs to a thrilling 60-58 win over West Virginia, Mathews was heaving up shots in front of a more youthful cohort of basketball enthusiasts. As a toddler, Mathews honed his skills with his father, Phil (then the head basketball coach of the University of San Francisco) on the Teletubbies.
Surely you’ve seen it by now.
But if you haven’t (actually, even if you have), please sit back, relax, revert to a child-like state in which basketball was merely a fun little game, and enjoy this clip of Mathews as a hooper-in-training.
Ok, now back to the stressful reality. I probably don’t need to tell you this, but Mathews and Gonzaga square off against Xavier at 6:09 p.m. ET for a chance to make it to their first ever Final Four.
Hopefully, Mathews’ previous lament that “the hoop is too high,” won’t be a problem for him or the Zags tonight.